Sacroiliac joint fusion consists of fusing the sacroiliac joint with a bone graft from the iliac crest. Screws are also inserted in order to affix the sacroiliac joint to the pelvis.
Also Known As:
- Joint surgery
- Spine surgery
- Back surgery
- Sacroiliac joint arthrodesis
- Sacroiliac joint surgery
Conditions Treated with Sacroiliac Joint Fusion:
Sacroiliac joint fusion is utilized to treat pelvic instability, sacroiliac joint arthritis and trauma to the pelvis.
Non-surgical alternatives to sacroiliac joint fusion include pain medication, anti-inflammatory medication, physical therapy, strength training and steroid or hyaluronic acid injections. There are no comparable surgical alternatives to sacroiliac joint fusion.
Anesthesia with Sacroiliac Joint Fusion:
Sacroiliac joint fusion is performed under general anesthesia, which means that the patient is asleep and completely unaware during the procedure.
Potential Complications from Sacroiliac Joint Fusion:
Possible risks following sacroiliac joint fusion include infection, bleeding, nerve damage and a negative reaction to the anesthesia. Other patients experience osteomyelitis, cessation of intestinal peristalsis and bladder dysfunction. It is also possible for the bones to fail to fuse.
Recovery from Sacroiliac Joint Fusion:
Total recovery time following sacroiliac joint fusion is six to 12 weeks.